Welcome Shelby Foster, the blonde, bubbly blogger behind The Southernista, to Brooke du jour! My
style crush on Shelby first started when we took Digital Journalism together at
SMU in the spring. We both always seemed to be peeking at the same fashion blogs
when we should have been paying more attention in class. Plus, even at 9:30
a.m., Shelby looked like she hopped right out of the J.Crew catalog (think
oversized, black, square glasses and lots of striped sweaters). Shelby
graduated a few weeks ago with a B.A. in Journalism and received the Outstanding Digital Journalism Student award. I know we can expect a very
exciting and stylish future from her. I’m turning the rest of the post over to
Shelby, so we can all learn about life post-grad.

All photos courtesy of The Southernista
all-nighters, and boring lectures are now a thing of the past for my fellow
2013 graduates and me. But now a whole new chapter is beginning! Here are my
absolute essentials for life post-grad. These items will get you from the first
interview to the first day of work, and everything in between.

1. Tory Burch tote – A big bag will come in handy once you have to carry more than lip gloss and
your iPhone. Go ahead and splurge on a nice one while you’re at it. A beautiful
leather tote in a fun color will last you through a multitude of meetings and
work trips.
2. Kate Spade heels – You’ll need to upgrade your shoe selection, too. It’s due time to toss out
all of those $50 sky-high platforms you wore out every night (and are now
Sugar Paper flat stationery  – If you haven’t written all of your graduation thank-you notes yet, get on it!
J.Crew pencil skirt – Yes, the pencil skirt is ubiquitous to the working world, but why be boring
with plain black? Liven things up with a fun print, like polka dot. You can
still dress conservatively for work while also letting your personality peek
Fresh cleanser and Clarisonic Mia – Passing out with a full face of makeup on is no longer an option. Get serious
about your skincare with a quality routine. Trust me, it’s worth every penny to
have beautiful skin now and years down the road!
Design Darling business card cases – Whether you are handing out networking cards or just receiving fresh ones
from your new company, a cute case to carry them is a must. Always have them on
hand, because you never know whom you will run into.


    • May 28, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      I'm glad! I knew Shelby was the perfect addition to Brooke du jour!

    • May 28, 2013 / 6:01 pm

      Pink + green is a favorite of mine, too! It reminds me of the glam Beverly Hills Hotel : )

  1. May 28, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Love numbers one and two!!


    • May 28, 2013 / 6:03 pm

      You can never go wrong with a Tory bag! My mom just ordered one. It might go mysteriously missing from her closet soon… ; )

  2. May 28, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    u look amazing! following u on google and bloglovin; hope u will follow me back 🙂

  3. May 29, 2013 / 3:26 am

    Oh, that pencil skirt. Gorgeous!

    • May 29, 2013 / 4:08 am

      Agreed! LOFT also makes super cute pencil skirts for work.

  4. May 29, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    really cute feature!!! Love her outfit. So summery!


    • May 30, 2013 / 1:08 am

      Thank you! DYING to see your wedding photos, Mary!

    • May 30, 2013 / 1:09 am

      Definitely! I'm a huge pink and green gal myself! xo

  5. May 30, 2013 / 9:28 am

    Beautiful look for any summer outing.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post "Palm Tree Paradise'. They are my latest find for my summer vacation. I would love to read your thoughts about them. Thank you!:)



  6. May 30, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    Such a cute look. I love the color blocking. Pink and green compliment each other well!

    Thanks for the comment. Let me know if you’d like to follow each other! =)
    Lattes & Lacee

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